San Francisco school district needs help from voters to generate revenue 

The school district will take all the help they can get.

Members of the San Francisco Unified School District’s Board of Education unanimously approved a resolution this week that encourages lawmakers in Sacramento to hold a special election in June.

That special election would put at least one measure on the ballot asking voters to extend tax measures to generate revenue for California. The extensions would last another five years.

If the revenue extensions are approved by voters, it could help the district with its $113 million budget deficit this year and next school year.

The district’s deficit would stay stagnant if the tax extensions are approved, according to assistant superintendent Myong Leigh. If the measures are not approved, the district may have to slice $20 million from its budget.

CommissionerJill Wynns told her colleagues the resolution shows Sacramento the election is meaningful to school districts.

Sacramento lawmakers have until March 10 to decide to hold a special election, according to Leigh. The state senate must approve the special election by a 2/3 vote.

akoskey@sfexaminer.com

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